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Teachers (Pay)

Volume 81: debated on Friday 28 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what was the increase in teachers' pay in each of the years from 1974 to 1979 expressed as a percentage; and what was the total increase over the period expressed as a percentage;(2) what was the increase in teachers' pay in each of the years from 1979 to 1985 expressed as a percentage; and what was the total increase during this period expressed as a percentage.

Percentage increases in teachers' salaries for each year from 1979 to 1984 inclusive are given in the table. All settlements have been attributed to 1 April though those for 1974 and 1980 represent a consolidation of separate settlements applicable from two or more dates during those years.The cumulative value of settlements over the six years up to and including April 1979 amounts to 126·;3 per cent. The value of settlements over the subsequent five year period up to April 1984 amounts to 69·9 per cent. I would also refer my right hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway) on 7 February at columns 667–668.

Percentage increase in teachers' pay
AprilPercentage
1974*37·0
197522·3
19768·3
19773·8
19789·9
19799·3
1980†35·1
19817·5
19826·0
19835·0
19845·1
* A negotiated settlement of 8 per cent. from 1 April 1974 plus an additional 27 per cent. recommended by the Houghton Committee taking

effect from 24 May and estimated to be worth a further 2 per cent. in the long term.

† A 14·6 per cent. arbitration award plus an additional 17·9 per cent. awarded by the Clegg Commission.